Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

As I sit here this afternoon, the late summer sun floods through the windows as a light breeze moves the blinds in a barely perceptible flutter. It feels like fall, smells like fall, a hint of fresh mown grass coming in on the breeze. I am hours late with this post, having slept a bit later than normal and then spending time after breakfast doing some step-aerobic exercises.

I am sitting back against the arms of the sofa, my feet up on the cushions, pain from those exercises making itself felt. I am not sure how to approach said exercises, knowing I need to take off some weight, but also still dealing with the slipped disk in my back and pain that seems to be in my bones, Arthritis? I don’t know, but it is a burning tooth-ache-like pain in the bones from my waist down – at times feeling like I am being crushed. It was bad enough after lunch that I took three ibuprofen with a glass of milk and then tried to settle on the couch.

As I sit here, I can hear a backhoe digging somewhere in the neighborhood intermingling with the sounds of John Starnes coming from my stereo system. Yes. I am one of those that still has a stereo system. One of those sets that used to come with its own rack to hold it – AM-FM Tuner, Tape Deck, and Amplifier. It was bought used to replace the one that I had owned since the early 80’s. It is definitely a relic of times gone by, but I was fortunate enough to figure out that one of the jacks in the back could be used for my decade old i-pod. So now I sit here, listening to John Starnes and pondering the current events in this country.

It seems to be the common consensus among Christians that we are in a downward spiral and headed toward the end times.

No. Correct that.

We are not headed toward them, we are in them already. The Bible makes it plain that what is happening now has been foretold and things will continue to unfold according to God’s plan.

I have heard people say that they think God put President Trump in the White House to give us a reprieve in answer to our prayers. That makes me think that if the left regains control, we will be headed into a time of persecution the likes of which we have never seen in this country. There are definite signs that we are headed in that direction, and President Trump can only hold office for another five years at the most.

I have read other blogs in which the writer has stated feeling a sense of doom about what is to come. Others feel a surety that we will be facing a spiritual battle that will be unprecedented in this country.

So, as I sit here, waiting for the pain pills to kick in, I find myself praying, but also find I am unsure what to pray for. I have heard differing opinions on what that should be. Some say pray for deliverance. Others say pray for the strength to endure to the end. So I find myself praying like the prayer coin. First for deliverance, and then for the strength to endure if the deliverance is delayed.

And that is when the sounds of John Starnes sneaks into my conscious thought and fills my heart and mind with the words, and the answer to the question of how to face what the future may hold …….

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Look Full In His Wonderful Face.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2019

Our Strength and High Tower

As I have gone through this learning curve on prayer, the one thing that I am repeatedly seeing is that I cannot pray according to my limited vision. I see things from a very limited human view, not at all the way God sees things with His omniscience. And the things I am seeing are tinged and shadowed with fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

The path this country is headed down.

Health, problems and well-being of loved ones.

My daily life with all its own problems and health issues.

These are all things that I can only observe from the surface, without seeing the underlying issues and future consequences.

I can imagine outcomes where this country is concerned and am torn between asking the Lord to step in and stop the downward spiral, and crying out to Him to rapture us before the downward spiral reaches the bottom.

The third option is for us to endure the downward spiral and all the consequences that would be at the bottom.

See? Limited view.

The two people that are dearest to me in this life are both facing health issues and deep struggles in the near future.

I want to pray that God put His Hand on them and heal them and take away all the issues that are current and those that will occur in the future.

But what if this time is for them to learn and grow in the faith? What if this time is needed for them to draw closer to the Savior and Lord?

This is where the trust and faith in Jesus comes in; when I need to follow the example of the Prayer Coin and turn my ‘Take This Cup’ into ‘Not My Will’, leaving it in the Hands of the One that knows all and controls all.

For myself, there seems to be more pain and numbness each morning, more stiffness and weakness each day. But for myself, I have grown used to these infirmities. I have learned to rest in Jesus, and trust that He will give me the strength to live with it without complaining so much about the limitations it places on me.

“1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised.”

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2019